SANFORD — Central Carolina Community College honored its best as Employees of the Year in several categories during its annual All Personnel Meeting April 27 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.
Jamie Tyson, Huskins program coordinator and electronics instructor; Renee Dusenbury, reference and audiovisual librarian; and Dawn Harris, academic assistance coordinator, were selected for the honor by their peers at the college.
Each received an award plaque, one-year reserved parking space, and a $500 check from the local business sponsor of each award. They became the newest members of the college’s prestigious Circle of Excellence and their names will be engraved on a permanent “Circle of Excellence” wall plaque at the college.
Tyson, of Sanford, received the Instructor of the Year-Excellence in Teaching Award. Wil Wilkinson, president of Wilkinson Automotive, Inc., in Sanford, presented her award check.
Tyson will now compete for the North Carolina Community College System’s Instructor of the Year-Excellence in Teaching Award against instructors of the year chosen by each of the state’s other 57 community colleges.
“I don’t know what to say,” Tyson said of her recognition. “I attribute this to everybody who helps make the learning environment conducive to learning. It’s not just the teacher, it’s everyone. It’s an honor working at a place where so many people are devoted to promoting student success.”
Dusenbury, of Sanford, was honored as Operational and Support Staff Employee of the Year. Her award check was presented by Brian McLeod, Business Services Officer at BB&T’s Sanford Branch.
“I’m very honored,” she said. “It’s an honor working at a place where so many people are devoted to promoting student success.”
Dawn Harris, of Buies Creek, was honored as Administrative and Supervisory Staff Employee of the Year. Bill Wilson, of the college’s board of trustees and a partner in Wilson and Reives Attorneys, in Sanford, presented the award check.
“I’m speechless,” Harris said after receiving the award. “It’s an honor, and I’m especially pleased to be honored for something I enjoy doing.”
College President Bud Marchant congratulated the winners and all the employees.
“It has been an outstanding nine months for me since becoming your college president,” he said. “I continue to be amazed at what this college does for its three-county service area and the love our communities have for this college. I credit you for that — you’re a great faculty and staff.”
At the meeting, the college also recognized employees for longevity. Certificates were presented for five year’s service and pins for 10-30 years of service.
Polly Bouldin, site supervisor for the West Harnett Center, was recognized for having been with the college 35 years. Gary Ennis, formerly an instructor at the Lillington Adult Education Center, who passed away in April, was recognized posthumously for 20 years of service.
Chatham County Campus and centers: 20 years — Karen Allen and Mitch Million, 15 years — Tommie Foxx, and 10 years — Rosita Davis.
Harnett County Campus and centers: 35 years — Polly Bouldin; 25 years — Bill Tyson; 20 years — Robert Daniels and Gary Ennis; 15 years — Vivian Davis; 10 years — Dirk Anderson and Mike Morrison; and 5 years — Trinnette Banks, Vincent Castano, Edith Cook, Eugene Gonzales, Jamie Roughton, and Sara Wathen.
Lee County Campus and centers: 30 years — Linda Spivey; 20 years — Anthony Harrington, Starlene Jackson, Landis Phillips, Melissa Staley, and Edwin Thomas; 15 years — Vickie Harrington, Chuck Mann, Keisha Petty, Paul Porterfield, Nancy Shue, and Patti Simmons; 10 years — Nicole Crissman, Fred Fritz, Tina Godbey, David Oates, Travis Perry, Susan Poindexter, Gary Thomas, Mildred Whitaker, and Martha Youngblood; and 5 years — Peggy Cotten, Jeffrey Crystal, Tamara Joyner, Jonathan Loftis, Susan Schwarz, Crete Smith, Abby Walker, and Darlene West.